(Words by Greg Rourke/Photos by Ben Chapman) – I’m guessing most BangShifters have a bunch of die cast cars laying around. Or maybe your kids do. When my kids were little tykes I have many fond memories of stepping barefoot on a Hot Wheels in the middle of the night. “But Dad, we were still playing with them!” You might have luck getting the little darlings to put them away in a big Rubbermaid tub, but probably not. What to do?
Our friend and master fabricator Ben Chapman in Wisconsin (You’ve seen his badass “The Effin’ A” on these pages) faced the same dilemma. His friend Matt Fellen came up with the perfect gearhead solution. He found that a 1973-77 Chevy pickup grill was the perfect size to make a great display and storage solution for the junior gearheads. Brilliant, no? Those grills have long since disappeared from wrecking yards, but LMC and others offer reproductions. And then there’s always swap meets. We intend to put this idea to good use in our mancave shortly.
Leave it to hot rodders to come up with a solution to most any problem.